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Zach Gale

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Long-Term Update 5: Interior Space

I like to take my hair with me when I leave a car, but headroom is sometimes in short supply when you’re nearly 6’5”, as I am. That’s why I’m pleased with the front headroom inside our long-term 2017 Audi A4 2.0T. I just fit inside, which means I don’t need to drive with my head tilted to the side. No one buying a luxury-branded compact sport sedan should expect much in terms of interior space, but some in this expansive class get the job done better than...

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Collin Woodard

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

This month, Chevrolet showed off the long-awaited 2019 Corvette ZR1. Making 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque from a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, the new ultimate Corvette can hit a top speed of 210 mph, according to Chevy. At the moment, there’s no official price, but considering that the C6 ZR1 came with a base price north of $100,000, expect the new one to be even pricier. Speaking of the C6, how does the new ZR1’s design compare to the old one?

Up front, you get a much more aggressive...

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Alex Nishimoto

2019 Infiniti QX50 Revealed Ahead of 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

The Infiniti QX50 gets an all-new platform and a VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine for 2019.

The crossover looks similar to the concept that was unveiled at this year’s Detroit auto show. This one sports more conventional headlights, wheels, and less chrome around the lower grille. There’s very little resemblance to the old model and its EX35 forebear, with the 2019 QX50 looking more like a traditional crossover and less like a lifted wagon.

Weight figures and pricing haven’t...

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Alex Nishimoto

Porsche 911 Turbo S Laps Willow Springs Nearly as Quick as 918 Spyder

Recently, Jonny Lieberman and his crew were filming an upcoming Ignition episode that will feature Jonny’s current, favorite Lamborghini. Viewers know that this often leads to Jonny saying, “There’s only one way to find out!” Likely, the next scene takes place at Willow Springs International Raceway in nearby Rosamond, California. After lapping the Huracan Performante (you’ll have to wait until March 7, 2018, to watch for yourself how it did), we noticed that our resident pro...

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Erika Pizano

2017 BMW 230i First Test Review: Back to the Future

In the early ’80s, I rode to school with an older kid in his 1973 BMW 2002. “Natch,” it was Inka orange. We lived in a hilly neighborhood where there were no straight roads, and he knew them all. I was amazed at the pace in the twists and turns that the little European car with about 100 horsepower could achieve. Body roll? Plenty, but it also had grip (Pirelli P5000 tires?), and with each corner dispatched, there was a certainty of outcome. The thing that stood out to me then was that...

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Kelly Pleskot

Aston Martin Expected to Achieve First Profit Since 2010

Until recently, Aston Martin suffered losses as a result of a lack of new models. But this year, Aston Martin is exiting survival mode, and is on track to post its first annual profit since 2010. The automaker is still in the beginning stages of rolling out a barrage of new vehicles as called for under the Second Century Plan.

In the first nine months of the year, Aston recorded a pre-tax profit of 2.2 million pounds, or roughly $29 million. It sold 3,330 cars, an increase of 65 percent. It...

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etahaney

Bentley Bentayga Field Sports by Mulliner is Ready for Your Next Hunt

Back in college, my roommates and I would hunt for quail around the cornfields of Iowa with .22 rifles out of an old Ford. We never shot any birds, but we sure had a good time trying.

I’d love to go back to my next college reunion behind the wheel of this handcrafted Bentley Bentayga Field Sports by Mulliner. Can you imagine?

Bentley teamed up with bespoke shotgun manufacturer Purdey to create this ultimate one-off luxury SUV for field sporting types.

Under the hood, a 6.0-liter W-12...

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Kelly Pleskot

Volvo XC40 Enters Production in Belgium

Volvo began production of the XC40 today in Ghent, Belgium. But don’t get too excited, because the small crossover won’t arrive in U.S. dealerships until well into next year.

The XC40 is the first vehicle to sit on Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture. Co-developed with parent company Geely, this architecture will underpin a range of small cars. At the start of production, the XC40 will be available with a T5 turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque,...

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Erika Pizano

Celebrity Drive: John Rich of Country Music Duo Big and Rich

Quick Stats: John Rich, of country music duo Big and Rich
Daily Driver: 1968 Cadillac DeVille (John’s rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: See below
Favorite drive: Broadway in downtown Nashville
Car he learned to drive in: 1970 Datsun pickup
First car bought: 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger

Being half of one of country music’s popular duo Big and Rich, a founding member of Lonestar, and a producer/songwriter for other acts means you can buy any number of dream cars to stock in the...

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Alex Nishimoto

2017 McLaren 570S Spider Bombs Through Scotland on Ignition

Getting the convertible version of a sports car has historically meant sacrificing some of the rigidity and responsiveness you’d get with its fixed-roof counterpart, but McLaren says its 570S Spider is a “convertible without compromise.” To find out if that’s true, host Jethro Bovingdon takes the new drop-top out for a spin on this episode of Ignition.

Jethro’s plan was to soak up some rays in sunny Southern California on the incomparable Angeles Crest Highway, but since there...

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Collin Woodard

57 Million Uber Accounts had Their Data Compromised

For some reason, trouble seems to follow Uber around. In the last year, the ride-hailing giant has had to deal with its CEO resigning, an FBI investigation, London’s decision to kick it out of the city, among numerous other setbacks. Now, there’s a new scandal involving a massive data breach it paid to cover up.

Reuters reports that last year, about 57 million accounts had their personal data leaked. Uber then reportedly paid hackers $100,000 to keep that information from getting out....

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Kelly Pleskot

Every U.S. Subaru Model Will Get a 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

To celebrate 50 years in the U.S., Subaru will launch a limited edition of every model in its lineup. Expect these new cars to debut next year.

Details on these models are slim at this point, but Subaru says they will “feature a new, common color which will be based on a high-level trim.” They will also receive unique badging.

Subaru of America was founded on February 15, 1968 by two American businessmen (Harvey Lamm and Malcolm Bricklin) looking to sell distributor franchises to...

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Collin Woodard

Report: Tesla has Spent $480,000 Every Hour for the Last Year

To get the company ready to build the Model 3, Tesla had to spend a lot of money. That was to be expected. After all, making cars is expensive, especially when a company knows it will have to fulfill several hundred thousand pre-orders right out of the gate. But the rate that Tesla spent money over the last year is still shocking.

Bloomberg reports that over the past 12 months, Tesla burned through $480,000 per hour. That works out to about $8,000 per minute or $133.33 every second....

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Alex Nishimoto

Lamborghini Urus Performante Could be in the Works

I’m fairly convinced carmakers groaned a collective grunt of sadness when FCA released the 707-hp Hellcat for $65,000. However, I think all that power for not so much money hit brands like Lamborghini the hardest—even if they will never admit it. Yes, 650 hp in the Urus is a huge amount of power for an SUV, but Jeep will sell you the Trackhawk with 57 extra ponies for way less. Not that anyone is cross-shopping the two, but in some auto-zeitgeist way, the Jeep hurts the Lambo.

Thing is,...

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Kelly Pleskot

2018 Mazda CX-5 Adds Cylinder Deactivation

Just nine months after a complete redesign, Mazda’s small crossover receives some additional updates. The biggest change coming to the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is cylinder deactivation technology that comes standard on all models.

An official list of fuel economy numbers hasn’t been released. But Mazda told us they’re about 1 mpg higher for city and highway across the board. For reference, the 2017 CX-5 achieves 24/31 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 23/29 mpg with all-wheel...

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Erika Pizano

2019 Lamborghini Urus Prototype First Drive Review: Magic Bullet

Let’s dispense with the elephant in the room. The Lamborghini Urus has as much to do with the LM002—aka the Rambo Lambo, the amazing Countach-powered stud of an SUV favored by oil sheiks and sold by Lamborghini in the 1980s—as I do with Gal Gadot.

Thing is, because of the legitimate off-roading heritage given to the brand by the LM002, Lamborghini has more of a right to build an SUV than any other supercar maker.  However, I’ve now driven both Rambo’s Lambo and the Urus, and...

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Stefan Ogbac

McLaren to Offer 720S GT3 Race Car to Customer Teams

McLaren has announced that it will begin testing its new 720S GT3 race car in 2018 as part of its motorsport activities. It will join the 570S GT4 and will be offered to racing teams starting in 2019 via a network of specialist distributors who will also be selling the road car alongside its race car sibling. Additionally, McLaren announced a single-make racing series that will be open to owners.

Along with the announcement of the 720S GT3 and the single-make racing series, McLaren said it...

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etahaney

Tracked GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain Concept is a Snow Slayer

Just imagine your holiday commute in this thing. Road snowed over? Not a problem for the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain Concept.

The one-of-a-kind snow-climbing machine made its debut in Vail, Colorado, this week. It is based on a GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali 4WD Crew Cab—except as you can see it lost its wheels and now crawls around on big Mattracks.

 

Under the hood, it packs a mighty 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 engine that offers 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. The V-8 is mated to a...

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Kelly Pleskot

Toyota: It’s Cheaper to Ship Camrys From Japan Than Make Them in U.S.

Generally, automakers save money by producing vehicles in the markets where they’ll be sold. But apparently Toyota hasn’t quite found this to be the case with its plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The president of the Kentucky factory painted workers a scary picture of the situation earlier this month.  It’s more profitable to build a Camry in Japan and ship it to Kentucky than build one at the Toyota factory in the state, Wil James said in an internal video discovered by...

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Alex Nishimoto

Aston Martin Racing Debuts Vantage GTE Race Car

Hot on the heels of the new 2019 Aston Martin Vantage’s reveal comes the GTE racing variant, which will compete in the World Endurance Championship series beginning in 2018. The GTE-class race car will also fly the banner for Aston next year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the automaker hopes to win back-to-back class victories.

The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE will replace the V8 Vantage GTE, a car Aston Martin Racing calls its “most successful competition car of all time.” In...

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